Training Room: Fantasy Football Injury Updates – Week 13

This happens every year. It’s the home stretch, a playoff seed may already be within grasp and then, at that most critical juncture – Melvin Gordon gets hurt. Yep, there it is, this years season killer. Hopefully, if Gordon’s massive breakout year was anchoring your run to glory you had Austin Eckeler stashed at least, but with Justin Jackson, in the fold, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to replace Gordon’s value with any one player. Owners are likely to be without the star for the first rounds of the playoffs at this point.

And so it goes. Yet another luck factor in fantasy rears it’s ugly head and owners everywhere begin to shed tears into their keyboards. But alas, Gordon wasn’t the only injury this past week, here’s the rest of the walking wounded.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts – Suffering a frightening kidney injury last week, Doyle is done for the year. The team says he’ll be OK but his absence will thrust Eric Ebron back into the spotlight at tight end again.

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Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears – The second-year QB’s status remains murky at best for Sunday but he did get in a limited practice on Wednesday. The hope is he’ll be back but even if he is, it will be against a somewhat tough Giants defense. Best to not count on Trubisky for another week.

AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – Green appears poised to make his triumphant return this week against the Denver Broncos. Having allowed over 800 passing yards in the past two contests, the Broncos defense can be beaten. Great time to re-insert the all-star.

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts – Mack is in the concussion protocol and hadn’t practiced as of Wednesday, he’ll have to clear by Thursday to have a chance to suit up but odds are looking long. If he misses, Nyheim Hines is a decent replacement option.

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens – A mid-week ankle injury has Edwards on the sideline right now. The rookie has had a nice breakout over the past two weeks and it’s unclear if this injury which came out of nowhere will keep him out of the lineup this weekend. Stash Javorius Allen just in case, with Alex Collins also hurting that would put Allen in line for the most carries.

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens – Flacco will miss yet another week turning the reigns over once again to rookie sensation Lamar Jackson. As long as Jackson continues to thrive, Flacco may continue to be hurt.

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets – Darnold appears on track to play this weekend though he may not be at 100%. It’s possible the Jets hold him out one more week to be safe but he is practicing and it’s certain that the Jets aren’t excited about another week of Josh McCown.

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Others listed as questionable but likely to play: TY Hilton, Eric Ebron, Kenyan Drake, DeSean Jackson, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen

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